Charade (1963) – 10/10 romantic comedy mystery thriller movie review

Cast / crew
Cary Grant: Peter Joshua / Alex Dyle / Adam Caulfield / Brian Cruickshank
Audrey Hepburn: Regina “Reggie” Lampert
Walter Matthau: Hamilton Bartholomew
James Coburn: Tex Panthollow
George Kennedy: Herman Scobie
Dominique Minot: Sylvie Gaudel
Jacques Marin: Inspector Edouard Grandpierre
Music Composer: Henry Mancini
Writer (Screenplay): Peter Stone
Writer (Story): Peter Stone
Writer (Story): Marc Behm
Producer: Stanley Donen
Director: Stanley Donen

Charade (1963)

“Reggie” Lampert goes away on holiday to the Alps and returns to find her apartment empty and her husband dead. Not only that but she discovers that her husband was at the centre of a diamond smuggling operation and the other members of the gang are intent on getting their share. Add to this a stranger whom she befriends and the US Government interest in her late husband’s activities. However, as things unfold, it becomes clear that some of these people are not who they say they are. Who can she trust in this elaborate charade?


"You know what’s wrong with you? Nothing."- Audrey Hepburn to Cary Grant in Charade
"You should see your face now… it’s lovely" – Cary Grant to Audrey Hepburn in Charade

One wonders just how many films have ever been made with the perfect cast. This is one of the few and it is truly wonderful. It’s a never-bettered romantic comedy mystery thriller with genuine romance, chuckles, mystery and thrills thanks to a packed plot and great lines from writer Peter Stone and irresistible stars Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. If Alfred Hitchcock himself had made this (he had nothing to do with it), it may have contained some directorial flourishes but the only thing that is genuinely missing is his traditional cameo. To say anything of the story would spoil it but the plot is a series of wonderful intrigues as adorable, adorable, Audrey Hepburn finds herself up to her eyes in dead bodies and missing treasure but still flirts unashamedly with me. Er, I mean, Cary Grant. There’s a marvellous Henry Mancini score and theme song, a Maurice Binder credit sequence and the production is technically first-rate. However, the sheer entertainment (we even get Walter Matthau and his funny turtle-on-two-legs run) and fun of Charade simply cannot be overstated. Fully, fully great.

This movie contains violence, unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.



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